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CleanTechnica Interviews Byton Designer Benoit Jacob On Designing The Future Of Electric Mobility

November 18th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

I recently met with the Byton design team in Munich, Germany, for CleanTechnica and spent a few hours talking to the company's head designer, Benoit Jacob, who also penned the stunning BMW i8 and i3. Find out via the interview summary below how the company sees the future of our green mobility and what its design language means for the industry


An Aerial View Of The California Fire Destruction & Air Pollution

November 17th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

On my last flight to San Jose, California, on Thursday the 15th from Los Angeles, a 45-minute flight, I finally understood the extent of the current California fires. A bird eye's view stretching from LA to San Francisco reveals what no TV or news can convey, the desolation of the land and the lingering pollution


With 10 Years Of “Clean Trucks Program,” Los Angeles & Long Beach Ports Report Cleaner Air

October 24th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, together have the second busiest port in the US. Both harbors are next to cement factories and petroleum refineries. Trucks coming in and out of the harbor on the always congested 710 highway belch and spew dirty diesel particulates in the neighboring community. In fact, kindergartens and schools conveniently located next to the highway are the hardest hit. Child asthma has skyrocketed over the decades, to the point where these children will never have fully developed lungs


Is The Electric Porsche Taycan The First Real Proof Porsche Is Finally Serious About Electric Cars?

October 23rd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

It can get difficult sifting through the future of electric vehicles (EV) just from reading carmakers' press releases. Some use 80% of their press releases to talk about the future in flowery terms, leaving little to write about current vehicles and real-world specs. Some are more proactive. But finally, after a decade of electric Porsche teases, Porsche is putting its money where its mouth is with the official announcement of its first EV, the electric Taycan (formerly called the Mission E, which some on the CleanTechnica team prefer)


FAA OKs Third Ultralight eVTOL

October 22nd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Here's the third electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft officially recognized as an ultralight vehicle by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Welcome the HoverSurf Hoverbike S3 to the growing family of eVTOLs


Groupe PSA Braves Emissions Hell With Pure Electric Citroen

October 18th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

The Groupe PSA, which includes Peugeot, Citroen, Opel, and Vauxhall, has had its hands full after acquiring Opel and Vauxhall. The transition hasn't been as smooth as expected and now the company is facing legacy emission problems after a fiery French newspaper revelation


Formula E Team Envision Virgin Racing Sports New Look For 5th Formula E Season

October 16th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Early founding Formula E team Envision Virgin Racing has completed its final preparations a week ahead of the official Formula E pre-season testing on Spain’s modified 3.09 km Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. The new livery and driver line-up was unveiled at its Silverstone headquarters


Zunum Partners With France’s Safran For Hybrid-To-Electric Airplane

October 4th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

If you haven't heard much from Zunum Aero these past few months, that's because the company has been hard at work developing its hybrid-to-electric, 12-seat, 700 mile commuter aircraft. In order to do that, Zunum Aero just announced a strategic partnership with global French aviation company Safran to handle the long-term agreement through its Safran Helicopter Engines subsidiary for its Zunum Aero


The Smooth Electric MellowBoards Cruiser Skateboard Puts A Smile On My Face!

October 3rd, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

MellowBoards reached out to us to try its Cruiser electric skateboard (e-skateboard). After a 25 year break on a skateboard and then two e-skateboard reviews, I couldn't wait to try it out. After some hiccups on my side, I put four miles on the Cruiser on the first outing and now can't imagine not having one with me at all times



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